It’s that time of the year in Metro Detroit as we segue from winter to construction season. You already know about the big Southfield Freeway project. Now, here come two more biggies — one involving I-275 and the other along a stretch of M-59.
Admit it. They’ve got us by the barrels in Metro Detroit. Orange and white barrels. One huge project is already underway along the Southfield Freeway and M-DOT is about to launch two other big ones. And that’s just the beginning!
Starting at 7 tomorrow morning crews will go to work fixing up the bridge on southbound I-275 over Van Born Road in Romulus. The bridge took a hard lick last summer when a big truck smacked it damaging a steel beam that must be replaced.
The right lane of soutbound I-275 will be closing and motorists will have to merge into the center and left lanes. Then on Monday, Van Born will be closed to traffic under I-275 for a month. However local Van Born traffic will be allowed on Van Born. Through traffic will be diverted to Haggerty, Michigan Avenue and Hannan Road.
Now for you eastsiders! Your construction woes will be along M-59 beginning on Monday. Four miles of the highway will be resurfaced between Opdyke and Crooks in Rochester Hills, Pontiac and Auburn Hills. This is a major repave and not just a touch-up.
Crews plan to close the right lane of M-59 so they can build a temporary lane on the shoulder to create two lanes of traffic during peak travel periods. On weekends and during the overnights, M-59 will be down to one lane in each direction. So keep that in mind.